The Phonetic Military Alphabet that is.

We've all heard it before, often in old war movies (you are watching old war movies, right? It's in the Dreamcatcher Pyramid of Greatness). Anyway, they'll call over the walkie-talkie, "This is Charlie Company in drop zone Zulu do you read" or something like that. But what does it mean? Well, anybody familiar with the Phonetic Military Alphabet could tell you that company "C" which was probably preceded by companies "A" and "B" just landed in the area designated as location "Z". The letters are just read out as words which are specifically designed to be easier to recognize, even in the ear-splitting chaos of war. This is because many letters in the english alphabet are just too easy to confuse with each other - especially those ending in the common "ee" sound such as B, C, D, E, G, P, T, V, and Z. Numbers on the other hand are mostly unique in their sounds with the exception of nine; which could be confused with five and so is called out as "niner".

Now you might say, "I ain't in the military, why should I know this crap?" Well, in this day and age of call order products, cell phones, and indian call centers you can easily find yourself talking over an unreliable cell phone network to someone who doesn't speak english so well. In such conversations, it is helpful to be able to spell out what you mean in a method other than just common alphabetical terms. 

So, instead of spelling out your home town as Dee-Eee-Tee-Arr-Ohh-Aye-Tee and hoping that Gupta on the other end doesn't mark you down as living in BDEROKD ( which is possibly his hometown) you can pheonetically spell it out to him as DELTA-ECHO-TANGO-ROMEO-OSCAR-INDIA-TANGO and be confident that your order for that Mother Fuckin' Wallet will be sent to the correct address.

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Maybe some of you know who Ron Swanson is; the office manager on NBC's 'Parks and Recreation'. Well, not long ago we were given insight into Mr. Swanson's manliness through his Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Taking up the staff, we here at Dreamcatcher have analyzed his pyramid and decided to make our own.
The Dreamcatcher Pyramid of Greatness borrows some from the Swanson Pyramid, with some very distinct differences... 

For one, while we agree with Mr. Swanson that "HONOR" should be at the peak, we with architectural train of thought know that a pyramid cannot stand without a firm foundation. Therefore, our 'base' is representational of what it takes to be a man and have our own man space. Beer, whiskey, fire, cast iron, oak, leather, stone, and brass make up the materials which we should surround ourselves with if we wish to achieve manly perfection. From there we work upwards, mostly agreeing with Ron but with our own take. Towards the middle we meet with Swanson's train of thought again; 'Meat' is essential to a man's life but 'Bacon' get's a special salute. 

As we continue through this blog, we will be referring back to the Dreamcatcher Pyramid of Greatness and exploring it's individual components - possibly changing a few along the way. But the foundation has been set and as we know, a good foundation is the key to having a long lasting structure whether it be a skyscraper, a home, a workshop, or a cabin in the woods where we go to ponder life while drinking a beer and sipping a barrel aged whiskey.

Stay tuned.